Tuesday 2018

Tuesday, January 30

Smart System Design | Energy & Transportation

7:30 – 8:30


8:30 – 8:45

Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:30

Keynote Address: Power System Reliability, Resiliency and Values
Alison Silverstein, Lead Technical Author of DoE Grid Reliability Study • Click to view PDF slides

9:30 – 10:30

Panel 1: Grid of the Future – Balancing Diversification and Reliability
The electricity grid is facing unprecedented pressure from the declining cost of renewables and energy storage, cheap and abundant natural gas and increasing political and financial constraints on coal and nuclear power generation.The Grid of the Future panel aims to explore recent assessments of grid diversification, reliability, and stability. Discussion topics will include: evaluation of impacts of accelerating penetration of distributed resources, particularly solar and wind; proposed subsidies for coal and nuclear generation facilities; and the “optimal” mix of resources in a potential zero marginal fuel cost scenario.
Wesley Cole, Forecasting and Modeling Group, NREL • Click to view PDF slides
Elaina Ball, Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Austin Energy • Click to view PDF slides
Ken Ragsdale, Market Operations, ERCOT • Click to view PDF slides
Ross Baldick, Professor, UT Austin Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (Moderator) • Click to view PDF slides

10:30 – 11:00

Quick Chat: Achieving the Possible – Georgetown, TX Quest for 100% Renewable Energy
A 1-on-1 discussion between UT Energy Institute’s Dr. Beach and Georgetown City Manager Jim Briggs. They will discuss the factors that led to Georgetown’s decision to be powered by 100% renewable energy. They will then discuss energy storage and Georgetown’s future energy plans.
Jim Briggs, CEO, Georgetown Utility Systems
Fred Beach, Assistant Director for Policy Studies, UT Austin Energy Institute (Moderator)

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:15

Panel 2: Hold Fast: Resilient Infrastructure and Protecting against the Worst Case Scenario
Dan Smith, Vice President, Electric Service Delivery, Austin Energy • Click to view PDF slides
Skip Zahn, Vice President Asset Management Gulf Region, NRG Energy • Click to view PDF slides
Pliny Fisk, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems • Click to view PDF slides
Robert Hebner, Director, Center for Electromechanics (Moderator)

12:15 – 1:15

Lunch Keynote: Case Study – Austin Smart Mobility Roadmap
Rob Spillar, Director of Transportation, City of Austin • Click to view PDF slides

1:15 – 2:15

Panel 3: Novel Systems for Integrated Transportation – An Austin, TX Smart Mobility Roadmap Case Study
How can ridesharing, autonomous vehicles, and electrified transport options integrate into existing transportation infrastructure? What new models or systems are needed to make this transition a reality? How can we capture the impact on energy consumption?
Chandra Bhat, Director, Center for Transportation Research
Aaron Fox, General Manager for Central Texas, Lyft
Jeruld Weiland, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Todd Davidson, Research Associate, UT Austin Energy Institute (Moderator)• Click to view PDF slides

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 3:30

Panel 4: Market Dynamics and the Tipping Point for Alternative Transport
Where / When will a tipping point be reached in the mass adoption of EVs? What are the implications for the automotive industry and/or O&G community as this market transition occurs? What are market trends for alternative transport options in the rail, aviation, and shipping segments?
David Raney, General Manager – Portfolio and Compliance Strategy, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. • Click to view PDF slides
Alex Keros, Smart Cities Chief for Maven • Click to view PDF slides
Alan Lloyd, Research Fellow, UT Austin Energy Institute (Moderator)

3:30 – 3:45

Closing Remarks

4:00 – 5:00

UT Energy Tours:

  • UT Stadium Sustainability Tour
  • UT MakerSpace in EERC
  • UT Power Plant